Stacy’s touchdowns lift Vandy to win at Missouri


Bibb County High School alumnus Zac Stacy ran for two touchdowns in Vanderbilt's 19-15 win at Missouri. (Photo by The Associated Press)


TUSCALOOSA | Here is how some former Tuscaloosa-area high school athletes now competing at the collegiate level fared last week:

 

Football

 

Alabama senior running back Ben Howell (Gordo High School) has played in two games this season and has 10 rushing attempts for 38 yards. After season-ending losses to Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart, Howell is now the fourth-leading active rusher through five games.

Alabama freshman defensive lineman Darren Lake (Sumter Central High School) has played in two games, against Arkansas and Florida Atlantic, and has recorded one tackle this season.

Alabama sophomore defensive back Vinnie Sunseri (Northridge High School) is the Crimson Tide’s fourth-leading tackler through the first five games of the season. Sunseri had a season-high six tackles in UA’s 30-14 win over Ole Miss on Sept. 29. Sunseri has added two tackles for loss (minus-6 yards), one interception (13 yards) and returned one fumble (7 yards).

Alabama senior tight end Michael Williams (Pickens County High School) has started all five games at tight end and has recorded seven catches for 41 yards and one touchdown this season. He scored the Crimson Tide’s first touchdown of the season in the season opener against Michigan.

Alabama State junior linebacker Maurice Tate (Linden High School) had one tackle and a 47-yard fumble return in the Hornets’ 45-0 win over Texas Southern. Tate’s fumble return set up a 5-yard touchdown run by Daniel Duhart in the fourth quarter.

Benedict freshman running back Charles Powell (Greene County High School) recorded one special teams tackle in the 24-19 loss to Stillman last Saturday.

Benedict freshman linebacker LaMarcus Hudson (Sumter County High School) was the second-leading tackler with seven stops in the 24-19 loss to Stillman. Hudson also added 3½ tackles for loss (minus-19 yards), two sacks (minus-10 yards) and added a 4-yard fumble return.

Benedict freshman linebacker Kevin McCollum (Sumter County High School) was the third-leading tackler with six total tackles in the loss Stillman last weekend.

Birmingham-Southern sophomore offensive lineman Michael Ferguson (Northside High School) started at right guard in the Panthers’ 26-17 loss at No. 6 Wesley College last Saturday in Dover, Del. It was the Panthers’ (5-1) first loss of the season.

Chattanooga sophomore defensive lineman Toyvain Brand (Hillcrest High School) has started all five game as defensive tackle and has recorded 10 tackles, three quarterback pressures and one tackle for a loss (minus-5 yards) this season. Chattanooga (3-2) had an open date last week and returns to action this Saturday at Furman.

Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College cornerback Jamarcus Howard (Northridge High School) had an open date last Saturday. In four games this season, Howard has 21 tackles (15 solos) and a 45-yard interception return. He also plays on special teams and has three kickoff returns for a 19.7-yard average.

Concordia-Selma offensive lineman Nicholas Ruffin (Greene County High School) has seen action at guard in the first five games for the Hornets this season.

Delta State offensive lineman Andre Lucious (Tuscaloosa County High Schools) started at left guard in the Statesmen’s dramatic 38-35 win at Tarleton State on Saturday night in Stephensville, Texas. Delta State (2-3) scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, including a game-winning field goal in the final seconds. Lucious and the offensive front paved the way for the win as DSU ran 24 plays for 164 yards in the final 15 minutes to erase a 13-point deficit.

Faulkner College freshman running back De’Marko Hall (Pickens County High School) managed only four rushing attempts for 9 yards in the Eagles’ 31-27 loss to No. 9 Cumberland (Ky.) this past Saturday in Montgomery.

Georgia Military College freshman linebacker Nate Carter (Central High School) recorded four tackles in the Bulldogs’ 27-0 win over Hargrave Military Academy last Saturday in Milledgeville, Ga.

Huntingdon College sophomore linebacker Austin Armstrong (Sumter Academy) played in the linebacker rotation in the Hawks’ 45-24 win over previously undefeated Millsaps on Saturday in Jackson, Miss.

Jackson State senior defensive lineman Jamal Carter (Livingston High School) recorded one tackle for loss (minus-3 yards) in the Tigers’ 34-24 loss at Arkansas-Pine Bluff this past Saturday.

Jackson State freshman offensive lineman Danny Williams (Tuscaloosa County High School) saw action as a backup tackle on the offensive front the Tigers loss at Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

Jacksonville State sophomore offensive lineman Max Holcombe (Hillcrest High School) started at center for the fifth time this season and helped the Gamecocks to 566 yards and 6.2 yards per play. JSU had 298 passing yards and 268 rushing yards in a 37-28 win at Tennessee Tech last Saturday.

Jacksonville State sophomore running back DaMarcus James (Demopolis High School) racked up his third 100-yard game of the 2012 season with a game-high 130 rushing yards in the Gamecocks’ 37-28 win at Tennessee Tech. James ran 28 times for 130 yards and one touchdown in the win. He scored on a 4-yard run just before halftime as the Gamecocks began their comeback against the Eagles.

Jones County Community College freshman receiver Roderick "Ike" Harris (Sumter Central High School) had one reception for 8 yards in last week’s 46-21 win over East Central Community College. Harris has six catches for 47 yards in five games this season.

Lane College freshman outside linebacker Gerald Gaines Jr. (Greene County High School) saw action as backup linebacker and on special teams in the Dragons’ 36-14 loss to Albany (Ga.) State last Saturday in Macon, Ga.

Miles College defensive lineman James Gaines III (Greene County High School) started at right defensive end and recorded seven tackles, 2½ tackles for loss (minus-3) and forced one fumble in the Golden Bears’ 28-7 win over Clark Atlanta.

Miles College linebacker Jeffrey Gordon (Central High School) played in the linebacker rotation against Clark Atlanta last weekend.

Miles College sophomore offensive linemen Aderius Hood (Greene County High School) was the starting left tackle in the Bears’ 28-7 win over Clark Atlanta.

Miles College senior offensive linemen Lester Jackson Jr. (Central High School) started right guard in the Golden Bears’ 28-7 win over Clark Atlanta.

Miles College senior fullback K.C. Logan (Central High School) started at fullback and compiled two rushing attempts for 7 yards in the win over Clark Atlanta.

Miles College offensive lineman Eddie Thomas (Livingston High School) saw action as the backup left guard in the win over Clark Atlanta.

Mississippi Gulf Coast freshman nose tackle Damien Gaines (Greene County High School) recorded one tackle in the 61-7 win over Northeast Mississippi Community College. He has five tackles in two games this season.

North Alabama freshman receiver MarKeldon Washington (Tuscaloosa County High School) hauled in a 24-yard reception from quarterback Chris Anderson that set up a third quarter touchdown for the Lions.

North Alabama freshman quarterback Luke Wingo (Hillcrest High School) was chosen as the Lions’ offensive player of the week by the coaching staff after he totaled 100 yards in a 21-16 win at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Wingo had five rushing attempts for 47 yards and completed 2 of-3 passes for 53 yards as the Lions improved to 5-1.

South Alabama junior wide receiver Jared Palmer (Northridge High School) has one reception this season for the Jaguars. USA (1-4) had an open date last week and will play at Arkansas State this weekend in Jonesboro, Ark.

South Alabama junior wide receiver Corey Waldon (Central High School) has six catches for 47 yards in five games this season.

Stillman freshman strong safety Hudson Cain (American Christian Academy) saw action for the Tigers in last Saturday’s 24-19 win at Benedict College.

Stillman sophomore receiver Raymond Coats (Paul W. Bryant High School) made his second consecutive start in the win over Benedict last Saturday. He caught two passes for 14 yards.

Stillman junior cornerback Antonio Johnson (Hale County High School) made his fourth start of the season and recorded a game-high six tackles helping the Tigers to 24-19 win at Benedict College.

Stillman senor tight end Johnny Pate (Hillcrest High School) saw action as the backup tight end in the Tigers’ 24-19 win over Benedict.

Stillman freshman defensive lineman Kevon Rembert (Linden High School)played in the Tigers’ 24-19 win over Benedict.

Stillman freshman linebacker Clydarryl Smith (Greene County High School) saw action in the Tigers’ 24-19 win over Benedict.

Tennessee-Martin senior defensive lineman Darrin Nalls (Fayette County High School) recorded three tackles as the starting defensive end in the Skyhawks’ 51-37 win over Eastern Illinois last Saturday in Martin, Tenn.

Tuskegee sophomore receiver Larry Cobb (Demopolis High School) had one reception in the Golden Tigers’ 21-14 win over Morehouse College last weekend.

Tuskegee sophomore linebacker Malik Chinn (Tuscaloosa County High School) recorded eight tackles, one tackle loss, one forced fumble and one quarterback pressure.

Tuskegee sophomore defensive back Tyrin Thurman (Tuscaloosa County High School) played in the defensive backfield and on special teams in the Golden Tigers’ win over Morehouse.

Alabama-Birmingham redshirt freshman linebacker Tevin Crews (Bibb County High School) recorded one tackle and returned a fourth-quarter fumble 11 yards in the Blazers’ 52-3 win over Southeastern Louisiana Saturday. It was the third-largest margin of victory in school history and second-largest as a Football Bowl Subdivision member.

UAB senior linebacker Greg Irvin (Demopolis High School) started at outside linebacker had one tackle against Southeastern Louisiana.

UAB senior defensive back Cornelius Richards (Tuscaloosa County High School) started at cornerback and recorded three tackles and one pass breakup.

UAB sophomore defensive lineman Diaheem Watkins (Bibb County High School) started at right defensive end and had a huge game for the Blazers on defense. He recorded nine tackles, 1½ sacks (minus-9 yards) and 2½ tackles for loss (minus-11 yards) in the Blazers 52-3 win over SE Louisiana. UAB held the Lions to 125 total yards and forced two turnovers en route to their first win.

Vanderbilt senior running back Zac Stacy (Bibb County High School) scored a pair of touchdowns in the Commodores’ 19-15 win at Missouri last weekend. Stacy scored on a 5-yard run with 3:47 left in the first half to give the Commodores a 9-6 halftime lead. He snapped a 9-9 tie with a 14-yard touchdown run with 13:32 left in the game to give Vandy a 16-9 lead. He finished the game with 29 rushing attempts for 72 yards and two touchdowns and completed 1 of 2 passes for 24 yards.

Western Kentucky junior linebacker Chuck Franks (Fayette County High School) has played in five games and recorded three tackles this season. The Hilltoppers had an open date last Saturday as they prepped for Thursday’s game at Troy. The game will be televised live by ESPNU with kickoff set for 6:32 p.m.. WKU (4-1) has won 11 of its last 13 games, with the two losses coming at the hands of No. 1-ranked LSU last year and No. 1-ranked Alabama this season.

 

Volleyball

 

Stillman freshman setter and outside hitter Hannah Burr (American Christian Academy) recorded four kills and nine digs in the Lady Tigers’ sweep against Concordia last week. Stillman (12-10) won in straight sets 25-19, 25-18 and 27-25.

Stillman sophomore defensive setter Bailey Braughton (Tuscaloosa County High School) recorded two digs in the sweep of Concordia last week.

 

Rodeo

 

West Alabama senior wrangler Blade Elliott (Bibb County High School) will participate in the annual UWA Rodeo Showdown, which will be held this Thursday, Friday and Saturday on the UWA campus. The showdown begins each night at 7:30 p.m. and will consist of 14 college rodeo teams and some 300 wranglers.

 

Swimming and diving

 

Mars Hills College junior Hudson Tucker (Brookwood High School) was the Appalachian Swim Conference swimmer of the week. He won the 100-yard butterfly (52.99 seconds), 100 freestyle (49.11) and 50 fly (23.87) in a dual meet win against Milligan College. The next day, he won the 50 backstroke (23.92) and the 100 free (47.95) in a dual meet against Catawba College. The Lions’ next meet will be a tri-meet against Lenoir-Rhyne University and Warren Wilson College onFriday.

 

The West Alabama Heroes notebook runs each Wednesday in The Tuscaloosa News. If you know of other Tuscaloosa-area athletes competing at the collegiate level, email westalheroes@yahoo.com